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Dolphins Mailbag: Is Joe Philbin on the Hot Seat?

Sports Talk Florida returns once again with its weekly Miami Dolphins mailbag. Readers provided some great questions this week that will undoubtedly pique your interest looking ahead to the 2014 NFL season.

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I actually posted an article about a week ago noting that, while Philbin hasnt done a terrible job in Miami, he is likely entering this season in a do-or-die situation.

The Dolphins have made the playoffs just twice this century, with the last berth coming in 2008. While you can certainly make the case that Philbins Dolphins teams havent been constructed to legitimately challenge in the always competitive AFC East, NFL coaches arent given much leeways these days and two mediocre seasons in Miami doesnt work in his favor.

Add in the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess that he, being the head coach, is at least a little responsible for, and his tenure with the Dolphins hasnt exactly been a good one. If youre Philbin how do you salvage your job and improve a rock-bottom reputation? You clinch a playoff berth.

Chicks dig quarterbacks. What more is there to say?

Our final question came from Facebook

So if [Dion Jordan] doesn't perform this year, is he officially a bust? Who cares what your 40 time is if you can't make plays? Didn't he have like 4 sacks as a junior? Typical scouts choosing potential over proven play

- Michael (McKinney, TX)

Sometimes talent isnt enough, and based on Jordans apparent PED use, its possible he understood that too. He had a rough time earning playing time last season, playing just 339 snaps on defense with two sacks.

That wasnt exactly what everyone expected out of the former Oregon Duck. It certainly wasnt what the Dolphins expected when they traded up from No. 12 and spent last years third overall pick on him. As you pointed out though, scouts can get hooked on potential rather than proven ability and right now, Jordan is well on his way to becoming a bust.

I dont know if a flop this season makes him a surefire bust. However, hed be well on his way and this latest mark on his record will not help him get on the field over Olivier Vernon when hes able to return from his suspension.


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